Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Garlic Scape Soup

Scapes are here!
Not sure what to do with garlic scapes (available only at this early part if the season)?  Many recipes can be found on the web … here’s a favorite and easy one that a vendor/customer shares with you:
Garlic Scape Soup
3 C chopped garlic scapes (1-inch pieces)
1 Medium Onion, chopped (or you can replace this with extra scapes)
10 chopped white or other mushrooms (optional)
1 T olive oil
1 t thyme leaves or 1/2 t dried thyme
3 C broth (veggie, leek, or chicken stock)
1 C milk, soy milk, or light cream (also good with none)
salt and pepper
Saute chopped scapes and onion in olive oil until almost soft. 
Then add thyme and mushrooms and saute for a few more minutes until all vegetables are soft. 
Puree in a blender or food processor, adding stock as needed to make a smooth paste. 
Add remaining stock, bring soup to a simmer and then add milk if desired. 
Salt and pepper to taste.

Really interesting article on a dairy farm going to glass bottles

Glass bottles aren't the only change in their business model, but for a farmers market that's the most interesting part, since we look for sustainability as well as local production.  We probably all know by now that we will need to make many changes in the way we get our food over the next decades, so keeping an eye out for new ideas, and old ideas coming back as well, is part of our mission.

Friday, June 17, 2011

How to use floating row covers

Thanks to the Cooperative Extension at the Univ. of MD, here's a good guide to the use of floating row covers.  Keep an eye out for the brown marmorated stink bug around here.  I haven't heard any reports yet this year, but this is a very destructive insect.  And there are others worth protecting your crops from.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Please stop by and celebrate local food for the summer of 2011!  We look forward to seeing you!

Why we are an "incubator" market

Here's an interesting article for those of us who are interested in making sure we have local food.  What it tells us is that farmers markets are wonderful, but they are not enough to make sure that our local food producers stay around.  The Northwood Farmers Market hopes that all of our vendors, and especially those who start out with us, go on to become vibrant businesses that will provide local food and other products for us all for years and years.

Monday, June 13, 2011


On Thursday, June 16th, the Northwood Farmers Market will be celebrating the 2011 season with an open house from 3 - 6:30 pm at the corner of Rts. 4 and 202/9 in Northwood.  Join us for music by singer/songwriter Seth Murley, a reiki demonstration and face painting for the kids.
To end your day perfectly, take home a pulled pork dinner from Amelia Mae’s, with that famous barbecue sauce, home-made baked beans and coleslaw, all for $7.00.  Our wonderful group of vendors will be offering their wares as usual, so come celebrate summer with us!
Here's a picture from last year's Open House to whet your appetite: